Tuel named to Davey O'Brien watch list

JEFF TUEL has been named as one of 34 nominees to The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award watch list. Because quarterbacks are selected based on "player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2012 college football season," it's safe to say the national expectations for Tuel in Mike Leach's Air Raid offense are sky high.

Tuel, a Fresno, Calif. native, appeared in just three games this past season while battling through injuries. As a sophomore in 2010, Tuel threw for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns while starting all 12 games.

In the 2012 spring game this past April, Tuel completed his first 15 passes and finished the day 19-of-21 for 285 yards and two touchdowns. This past week, he served as a guest coach at the annual Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award.

Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O'Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 124 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Oct. 22. Three finalists will be named on Nov. 19. The 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced Dec. 6.

The Cougars open their 2012 schedule Aug. 30 at BYU in a game televised nationally on ESPN. Game time is set for 7:15 p.m. PT.

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